From Amsterdam to West Park Leeds

Believe it or not, ickledot was in Amsterdam on Saturday as a result of photographing a blues mini cruise festival with the good people at P&O. More of that later. Anyway, the boat docked back in Hull early Sunday morning so it was back to The Sycamores at Bramhope to see my first game of the season at West Park Leeds.

WPL winger Savannah Andrade speeding away for one of several tries

The visitors were Nottingham's own West Bridgford. As it happens I'd witnessed the same fixture almost exactly a year ago. On that occasion the home side had scored many points despite having players away with other rugby commitments. The situation was similar today as the rugby league world cup looming for several of the WPL squad.

Second half lineout illuminated by the low Autumn sun

Much kicking practice for Tash Gaines

This didn't seem to have any detrimental effect on the team which took to the field. If anything the difference between the two sides in speed and strength was even more apparent as points flowed from hand and boot throughout the game.

Kira Drabble the victim of early hair contact

By the final whistle West Park Leeds Ladies had amassed a total of 81 points without reply. Still, West Bridgford deserve much respect as they refused to give up despite the ever worsening scoreline.

Chrissie Nettleton fending off

Being completely selfish, it was great to be photographing a team scoring regularly, especially in the second half when the low Autumn sun lit the oncoming players beautifully. As usual, you can see more of them over on Flickr.

Lois Mae powering her way through for a second half try